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Joined 8 years ago from Illinois




If you've landed here from my website...welcome! I'm not pushing any agendas, I just thought you might enjoy some light reading in between shopping for the perfect handbag. And if you didn't land here via shopping for the perfect handbag, well, you need to get right on that, as soon as you're done reading! Check me out at

I can't say I've been writing all my life, but in many ways I have been. I've always loved words. My father said I should have been a lawyer the way I like to argue with them! I've been accused of word snobbery and using big words to talk over people. I blame my first grade teacher who made me write PROCRASTINATION 100 times for not doing my math homework. It's a prideful habit using words to puff yourself up like you're better than everyone else looking over your nose at them with smarty glasses and $12 words. I'm working on breaking that habit.

I was the geek in high school who secretly said horray when it was term paper time. I competed on my speech team in radio speaking because I loved the rush of taking a pile of news stories and putting them together for a broadcast in 15 minutes along with creating an original commercial to fit in a 2 minute broadcast slot.

I was the lead in my senior class play, was the understudy for one musical (which I never got to play) and was selected to play Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at The University of Illinois which never made it to the stage. sigh....

If it involves words, I'm there. However, admittadly I'm terrible at keeping journals and diaries. All the best intentions only to fizzle out with a recap at the beginning of the next year and another fizzled attempt shortly to follow. I talk way too much and it makes my loving husband mad. My children all inherited this trait which will inevitably drive their spouses crazy too. But I usual.

I found I had a penchant for copywriting and put that to work at, well, work. My boss loved my writing and so I wrote lots of presentations; some I presented, and some others got to use. I used my flair for words and love of research to author a newsletter for the sales folks in the field where I worked. If we had a blog, I'd of written that too! Instead I did literary reviews.

As blogging gained more popularity I realized I needed an outlet for my random neurotic thoughts and decided it was about time to start one of my own. It's been a journey, and like my handbag designs, has evolved and become more mature I hope. But like the many half-full diaries I've bought and never filled, I'm not so good as keeping to a regular writing schedule, something I need to work on. Inspiration comes in spurts and I'm not one to just write for the sake of putting something down because I have to. My husband is one who believes you don't need to keep talking unless you have something to say. He despises random thoughts and prefers we keep them to ourself. Otherwise you're just filling up the air with mindless chatter. He says that's what people who are uncomfortable with silence or just don't want to get serious with each other do. Don't know if I completely agree, but I get what he's trying to say. So with that in mind, what I write I've given some thought to and won't fill up your screen with mindless chit chat and will try as much as is possible not to ramble or get random on you. But if I do, please let me know.

Was that a squirrel in the yard...

Oh, and before I forget

... please, help a struggling handbag designer not have to work two jobs to support her one very large designing, recycling purses for teardown, belt, and fabric hoarding habit! I have a sizeable inventory that needs cleaning out to make room for the designs I'm currently working on!

Of course, I'd be seriously grateful for one job right now! So if you're reading this and you need a productive, neurotic self-starter with a desire to do whatever it takes to get the job done, I'm your girl! And if it's a writer you need, someone who can really turn a twist of a phrase, use words creatively, or find just the right word to push your brand over the edge, well I've got words to spare! Plently of them!

So that's my shameless plug for a job.

Blessings no matter what the reason you've decided to read my hub. Know that God loves you even if you don't love him yet. He believes in you even when you can't believe in him and he's speaking even when you're not listening.

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    I've Been Vegucated

    5 years ago

    Go Vegan or go home? After watching Vegucated my life has taken a turn. Follow my journey to going Vegan

  • Gucci Gucci Goo

    Gucci Gucci Goo

    6 years ago

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! Or so the saying goes. I was watching Suburgatory last week. Tessa and Dallas took a secret trip to New York City on a whim and Dallas found herself in the middle of some stuff she'd never...

  • Graysome Shades of Grey

    Graysome Shades of Grey

    6 years ago

    Two toothbrush heads and one pair of mixed up colors made for a confusing but ultimately satisfying discussion as to blue/black/grey/blue to tell them apart one morning!

  • Leather Pleather

    Leather Pleather

    6 years ago

    My husband likes to say, God won't drive a parked car. Best laid plans aren't always what God intends for us. And we aren't willing to let go and let God, the results are more often than not, messy at best.

  • Boozy Bread

    Boozy Bread

    6 years ago

    Everything's better with beer and bacon, right? Minus the bacon, this corn bread recipe will knock your socks off! Well, maybe if you drink more beer than you put in the recipe your socks might fall off. Along with other articles of clothing!

  • Corn Soup with Beer (Sopa de elote con cerveza)

    Corn Soup with Beer (Sopa de elote con cerveza)

    6 years ago

    Corny, you bet it is! And a great use for too many ears around the table! Aw shucks, that was a husky pun wasn't it! Enjoy this original recipe from my kitchen to yours. And if you listen carefully, you can hear them slurping it up on a cold winter evening!

  • The Ayes Halve It

    The Ayes Halve It

    6 years ago

    Words run amuck in this little play on spell and grammar check!

  • Swimming in Tomatoes

    Swimming in Tomatoes

    6 years ago

    My dad has been sick with cancer for a few years now. It's been a tough road but he's doing better. For most of my dad's life, a gift from his father, he has savored the joys of summer gardening. But cancer robs its victims indiscriminately as it...

  • To My Garden

    To My Garden

    6 years ago

    Mary, Miss Mary, oh so contrary Your garden is overgrown. With pity shells and cockeyed spells A maid so oversown Mary, now Mary, be careful, tread wary On stones that you dare to turn Thistles sparring scorn will be charring A...

  • Cake Batter Pancakes

    Cake Batter Pancakes

    7 years ago

    A tasty mistake makes breakfast feel more like dessert!

  • If You Ain't Broke, He Can't Fix You

    If You Ain't Broke, He Can't Fix You

    7 years ago

    Sometimes we think we can do all things through ourselves who give us whatever it is we think we give ourselves, mostly just pats on the back. It took a frustrating room redo to show me the error in those ways.

  • He Woos Me, He Woos Me Not

    He Woos Me, He Woos Me Not

    7 years ago

    Relationships are fragile things, and little things can make or break them. In my own marriage, we struggle with the little things. While acts of service or random acts of kindness won't cure a marriage going south, it can be and often is a step in the right direction when coupled with the right...

  • Tequila Chicken and Potatoes

    Tequila Chicken and Potatoes

    7 years ago

    I've always considered myself to be a decent cook. Pretty good, in fact. I blame my mother who taught me to challenge myself in the kitchen and not be afraid to try new things. I am creative with ingredients and can make something that works and...

  • From Hair to Eternity

    From Hair to Eternity

    7 years ago

    I may be old school, but the beauty salon is a tradition I don't ever want to see die. A trip down memory lane with some lovely little ladies was just the thing I needed to reassure me it was still alive and kicking, if only for a day.

  • Ode to a Very Bad Week: By Mom

    Ode to a Very Bad Week: By Mom

    6 years ago

    Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed; at least that's what my teenage son though on one fateful morning that started a week off that went from bad to worse.

  • To Mom with Love and Rice in Abundance

    To Mom with Love and Rice in Abundance

    7 years ago

    Mom had a lot in common with rice. She never considered herself pretty though I found her particularly beautiful. She had a simplicity about her that didn't need much to enhance what was already perfect about her just as she was. She was by every definition a southern belle, with perfect elegance...

  • Compromise - What Voice are You Listening To?

    Compromise - What Voice are You Listening To?

    8 years ago

    Listening to the voice of Truth. Never compromising with evil but walking our faith without ever compromising our integrity in thought or action.

  • DIY...Who's Your Master Builder?

    DIY...Who's Your Master Builder?

    7 years ago

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